Disappearances Solved and Bomb Plot Foiled

CF 01Citizens have been disappearing late at night and it turns out they were being kidnapped by Troggies – the descendants of citizens that chose to live underground to escape the furious pace of modern life.

Judge Dredd went down on a one man rescue mission and found they were planting bombs to bring down the Mega City from below. The subterranean dwellers and their leader Slick Willy were rounded up by the Justice Department.

Dredd was heard to say “Mega City is full of people with an axe to grind.”

Story: The Troggies
Appears: 2000AD Prog 36-37
Issues: 2
Writers: John Wagner
Art: Ian Gibson & Mike McMahon
Dated: 29 October to 5 November 1977

Interesting antagonists, imaginative language and characterisation. The timeline means that the New York Subway was closed in 1999 though.

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Dredd’s Dead Baby – Dredd’s Dead!

CF 01Or so we thought. The Justice Department spent a fortune in tax money on a fake funeral in order to trap corrupt Judge Gibson. Gibson who was from the same graduating class as Dredd committed robbery and murder disguised as Mutie the Pig.

Dredd apprehended him and in a duel of honour at the Academy of Law killed him, sparing him the mandatory 20 year sentence in the Penal Colony on Titan.

Dredd was heard to say “It was a bitter victory. Judge Gibson was my friend” That’s right folks Dredd once had a friend. You heard it here first.

Story: Mutie the Pig
Appears: 2000AD Progs 34-35
Issues: 2
Writer: John Wagner
Art: Mike McMahon & Ian Gibson
Dated: 15 October to 22 October 1977

A dramatic opening to a double issue story that has drama and emotion. A good use of characters and locations introduced previously and other chance to see more of Dredd as a person not a machine.

Cabbie Beaten and Robbed.

CF 01Dredd takes down gang of four with stun shots in late night confrontation.

He was heard to say “Come on out you punks! It’s way past your bedtime – and mine!”

 

Story: Walter’s Secret Job
Appears: 2000AD Prog 33
Issues: 1
Writer: John Wagner
Art: Ian Gibson
Dated: 8 October 1977

We are seeing the start of an over-reliance on using Walter as the kidnapped girlfriend plot device. But not a bad story.

Computerised Hotel Murders Hundreds.

CF 01Shortly after opening, Komputel, Mega City’s first fully automated hotel, began killing its guests. Luckily Mega City’s top lawman Judge Dredd, who was on crowd control nearby, stepped in to save the day.

Dredd was heard to say “I got an itch in my trigger finger an’ that normally means trouble.”

Story: Komputel
Appears: 2000AD Prog 32
Issues: 1
Writer: John Wagner
Art: Mike McMahon
Dated: 1 October 1977

Interesting sci-fi theme and comment on the automation of society. Dredd’s attitude to machines is still as black and white as ever.